If Roy Nelson ever decides to make the move to light heavyweight, it will be his own choice and not because Dana White is in his ear trying to get him to drop weight.
The UFC president has long rallied around Nelson cutting weight and getting in better shape, but his days of trying to convince the former Ultimate Fighter winner are over.
“I don’t know how that guy makes 205. He has enough trouble getting down to 250. I would be shocked. Maybe he just shaves and he gets down to 205, I don’t know, but I don’t know how he’s going to do it,” White said recently.
“I’m done. I’m done with it. I’ve encouraged him to shave his face and cut his hair too, but he doesn’t want to listen to that either. Whatever.”
White insists that he is still close with Nelson and there is no bad blood at all between them, but the UFC’s commander-in-chief just wishes he’d take things a little more seriously when it came to his training and preparation.
“I’m cool with him; I like him. Listen, he’s a tough guy with a ton of heart. He goes in there and he gives it his everything. My thing is I’ve always said to him, I’d love to see you take this thing seriously and rip off some weight,” said White. “When you’ve got a chin like that and a heart like that, you can’t deny the guy’s got a great chin, a ton of heart and he can knock people out. If he really could get to 205, he’d be a force at 205. He’d be a scary dude. He’s got great wrestling, awesome submissions, great chin, a ton of heart, and has knockout power.
“Who knows what Roy Nelson could really achieve if he applied himself.”
Check out the full interview with Dana White as he talks about Roy Nelson following the UFC 146 pre-fight press conference.